Kitchin roars on
Wednesday, 27 April 2016
Subiaco vice-captain Leigh Kitchin has enjoyed a hot start to the season and it's coincided with the Lions form.
Kitchin is ranked 9th amongst WAFL midfielders averaging 26.8 disposals a game and the ex-Victorian is liking his time in the Western sun.
“It’s nice being a bit more experienced this time around. The longer you play with each other the better it gets,
“We’ve had a season and more to play with each other and learn each other’s strengths so the chemistry is definitely there.” said Kitchin
The Lions have started the season strongly and although they were in a similar situation last year it’s a completely different story.
“You can’t really compare the start to last year because it’s a different setting. We find ourselves unbeaten after five games but Jarrad Schofield will be the first to tell you were not playing to our potential,
"There’s always things you can tune and improve and this week’s game against South Fremantle will be an opportunity to do so.” added Kitchin
WAFL powerhouses Subiaco and South Fremantle meet with unblemished records and Kitchin believes the Bulldogs could serve as the perfect measuring stick for the reigning premiers.
“Souths' will be good this weekend, they’re unbeaten and full of talent but we’re confident that if we play to our strengths we can beat them,
“In Round 19 last year we managed to pressure them thoroughly and force them into defensive mistakes. If we can get on top of them with our intensity we will hopefully frustrate them on Fremantle Oval.” said Kitchin
A key battle also looms in the ruck with the Bulldogs Branchi-Strom tandem starting the season strongly. Kitchin is confident the Lions smaller rucks can out-play their taller adversaries.
“If the opposition ruck has the height advantage we don’t always expect to win the hit-out and put more of an emphasis on reacting to the opposition,
“If they are hitting to a certain spot and trying to get clean clearances the boys have developed a great awareness to swing the ball back in our favour,
“It also helps having the athleticism of Clancy Wheeler and Lachlan Delahunty. When the ball hits the deck they often act as an extra midfielder,
“There was a portion of the Swan Districts game where I couldn’t get a touch because Delahunty won about five straight clearances, but that’s a great problem to have.” said Kitchin
Although we’re only two months into the football season the final prize is always on the mind and Kitchin believes the drive to three-peat is strong amongst the group.
“It’s a different season but the goal remains the same. There’s no loss of drive to win a premiership after you’ve won one, if anything it’s the opposite,
“Anything less than making it back to the biggest game of the year seems like a waste of a season and no one in the locker room is willing to let that happen.” said Kitchin